Before you begin your wedding diet, you should identify the ideal way(s) to consistently track your results. Some people gauge success solely by pounds lost, determined by weekly weigh-ins. Others, particularly dieters who are also heavy into exercise and muscle-building, take measurements of their waists, thighs, arms and other so-called problem areas. This is because more muscle mass can actually increase your weight, even though you're dropping fat and flab all over the place. Fitting into your skinny jeans or noting a significant increase in energy are less tangible, but still valid benchmarks for dieting success.
Annemarie C. of Cumming, Ga., took a significant risk when she ordered her bridal gown a size smaller than her weight at the time called for. In addition to ramping up her existing physical activity routine, she adopted a diet high in fiber and low in fat to help her reach her goal. By foregoing booze and eating meals rich in fish, lean meats, fruits and veggies, Annemarie managed to drop a whopping 25 pounds in the three months before her nuptials. "I hit my size goal, and my dress ended up being a little too big!" Annemarie explains. "It was a corset style, though, so I was able to make it work."